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Posted at 8:14 AM ET, 01/10/2011

Buzz: National moment of silence

By Washington Post editors

Good morning. It's expected to be a low-key week on The Hill this week, in the aftermath of Saturday's shooting at a constituent event held by Arizona Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, who continues to fight for her life after being shot in the head. Twenty other people were struck by bullets and six died, including a federal court judge and nine-year-old girl.  The suspected gunman, Jared Loughner, 22, is expected to be arraigned today at a federal courthouse in Phoenix. He has been charged with two counts of murder and three counts of attempted murder.

Local impact. Local members of Congress reacted to the shooting with shock and sadness but said they would not radically alter their daily routines. Here are some photos from a vigil for Rep. Giffords and the victims of Tucson shooting held Sunday on Capitol Hill. If you attended, we invite you to submit your photos.

Continuous updates. Check WashingtonPost.com for complete coverage of the shootings and their impact in Arizona and here in Washington, D.C. And we'll continue to update the story continuously throughout the day.

Coming up:

A national moment of silence. The House of Representatives is not in session today, but House Sergeant at Arms Bill Livingood requested Sunday that all members of Congress, staffers and visitors present on the House side of the Capitol join President Obama and the country at 11 a.m. in observing a moment of silence for the victims of the tragedy.We invite you to share your thoughts for the victims of the shooting and their families or on how you plan to observe today's moment of silence.

Jacket, scarf and mitten weather. It's going to be another cold one today. The Capital Weather Gang says it'll be partly sunny with temperatures in the mid-30's. It looks like you might have to break out that snow shovel come Tuesday. We might get some light snow Monday night, but more substantial amounts are due on Tuesday. If you represent a school or organization and haven't signed up for our snow closings listings yet, you might want to do it today.

Huguely in court. George Huguely, the former University of Virginia lacrosse player accused of killing his former girlfriend, Yeardley Love, is expected to make a video court appearance today after being charged with additional counts in connection with Love's death last week.


Today's headlines:

Guidelines for teacher-student conduct. The Virginia State Board of Education is considering issuing guidelines that suggest strict limits on communication, physical contact and socializing between teachers and students in an effort to limit situations that could blur the lines in a teacher-student relationship. The guidelines are a response to recent abuse cases, including one in which a Manassas teacher, Kevin Ricks, was convicted of sexually abusing a 16-year-old boy who had been a student at a school where Ricks taught. A Post investigation of Ricks found that that was not an isolated incident and that Ricks' record of abuse spanned more than three decades.

A necessary expense? With the county facing a significant budget shortfall, some in Prince George's County are questioning the County Council's decision to spend as much as $15,000 on a two day retreat at a resort on the Eastern Shore this week. (Washington Examiner)

Legislative season opens. This will be an important week in Maryland and Virginia with both state legislatures slated to open the legislative season on Wednesday. Virginia Gov. Robert McDonnell gave a preview of some of his legislative priorities for 2011 to The Post on Sunday. At the top of his list: transportation. Need help navigating and understanding the sessions? See our helpful Maryland and Virginia General Assembly guides.

In short. The Prince George's County police on Sunday announced a stepped-up program for curbing violence in the county, which has recorded nine homicides in the first nine days of the new year (Post); D.C. dog owners celebrate the opening of a fifth dog park in the District (WTOP); a body has been found in a burning car in SE D.C.

Other items:

Uh, nice shorts. Sunday was freezing. It was also the annual "No pants subway ride day" on Metro and other systems throughout the world.

That's it for now. Thanks for reading and have a great day. Lots to keep up with so be sure to check back with us for more updates and headlines throughout the day on the shooting in Arizona as well as other significant news stories. Have thoughts, questions or suggestions about our coverage? Post a comment below or send us an email at tellus@wpost.com


By Washington Post editors  | January 10, 2011; 8:14 AM ET
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